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Sierra Leone Muslims Plan Vigil for Gaddafi
By Aruna Turay
Oct 24, 2011, 12:51
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Sierra Leone Muslim worshipers at Rokupa’s Freetown Central Mosque (aka Gaddafi Mosque) in east end of Freetown have disclosed plans to mourn the former leader of the Peoples Republic of Libya late Colonel Gaddafi who was killed on Thursday October 20, 2011 by Libyan rebels supported by NATO forces.  Ongoing prayer ceremonies are underway in the mosque whilst a date for an all-night vigil will soon be announced. This was disclosed by Sheik Muthal Bin-Muslim, a missionary representing the late Colonel Gaddafi in the operations of the Gaddafi Mosque in Sierra Leone during an exclusive interview yesterday Sunday 22nd October 2011 inside the mosque compound in Rokupa. Sheik Bin-Muslim said Muslims are deeply touched with sadness by with the news of Colonel Gaddafi’s brutal death.

 

He termed the late man as someone who has been instrumental in the propagation of Islam worldwide, adding that Colonel Gaddafi was a true revolutionary focused on improving the lives of underdeveloped countries. He said the late Colonel has invested millions of United States dollars in several developing African countries.

The Mosque Gaddafi built in Freetown

 

According to Sheik Muslim, Gaddafi’s death came at a time when he had focused his mind in investing in Sierra Leone. He said the late Colonel died with plans to transform Sierra Leone through investment in key sectors in the country including transportation, agriculture, health, communication and tourism among other areas. He said Sierra Leoneans from all walks of life will therefore be attending the proposed vigil to pray for the peaceful repose of the late man’s soul.


“This vigil will take the form of an all night Koranic recitation and prayers for the late man in his mosque in Sierra Leone. The ceremony will be used to beg the Almighty Allah for forgiveness and mercy on his sins so his soul can rest in peace,” the Sheik said.

 

He revealed that most of the Libyan missionaries in Sierra Leone are presently in consultation with those in Libya to fix a scheduled date for the ceremony to be held unanimously with other African countries where late Colonel Gaddafi had constructed similar Mosques.

 

The Sheik used the forum to assure Sierra Leoneans that their mission will ensure the continuity of the relationship between this country and the people of Libya, while calling on Muslims to remember to pray for forgiveness of  late Colonel Gaddafi in their prayers.

 

Muslims from all over Sierra Leone have been contacting Awareness Times to express their sadness at the death of a man who, though he initially sponsored a vicious war in Sierra Leone, had tried to make amends by reaching out to the populace herein with financial and religious assistance.


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